Same sex marriage debate heats up in Charlotte

Same sex marriage debate heats up in Charlotte

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 25 at 10:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A battle over same-sex marriage is the focus Saturday at the Convention Center as a top government official comes to Charlotte.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, will be the keynote speaker at the annual "Human Rights Campaign" Gala at the Convention Center.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is expected to focus its fundraising efforts and its campaign Saturday night on getting people to vote against Amendment One, which is on the state ballot in May.

They've got a diverse group of allies in their fight to defeat the proposal.
   
Myers Park Baptist Church is leading a series of seminars to teach people how to spread the word to defeat the amendment. 

North Carolina law currently defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman; the amendment would put that definition in the state constitution, making it harder to change.

The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, on the other hand, supports the amendment.

"While same sex couples may share love, they cannot create children, and therefore they don’t qualify, they don't fit the definition of marriage and that's why the Catholic Church is firmly for the marriage amendment, for traditional marriage,” said David Hains of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

Opponents say it’s a human rights issue.   

"We believe the long tradition of Baptist life in America values what we called at one time "soul freedom" which translated politically is in freedom of conscience and the defense of civil liberties of all people of a particular commonwealth," said Stephen Shoemaker, Senior Minister of Myers Park Baptist Church.

Headlining the Gala dinner is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  She is not expected to take any questions from the media, but NewsChannel 36 will be listening to see if there is a message from the White House to North Carolinians about Amendment One.
   


 

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